SOURCE: Zions Direct

Zions Direct

April 13, 2011 08:30 ET

Zions Direct Announces Auction Results

Auctions of Municipal and Corporate Bonds for Week Ending April 8, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - Apr 13, 2011) - Zions Direct (, the online broker-dealer that allows its customers to purchase municipal bonds and corporate bonds in its daily web-based auctions, announces their weekly auction results. In auctions closed from April 4, 2011 to April 8, 2011, investors purchasing municipal bonds in the auctions received average tax-exempt yields 1.09 percentage points, or 109 basis points, higher than similar bonds as reported by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). Customers that purchased corporate bonds in the auctions received average taxable yields 91 basis points higher than comparable bonds reported in FINRA's Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE).

Zions Direct, in conjunction with BondDesk Group LLC, regularly publishes a Market Snapshot for investors to help understand the current bond market, summarizing current weighted-average yields of investment-grade municipal and corporate bonds. Findings are compared against similar securities auctioned at Zions Direct Auctions ( Since February 2007, Zions Direct has auctioned over 750 million dollars in more than 2,000 fixed-income auctions.


Municipal Bonds' Average Yields Trade Data (source: MSRB)

Rating< 9mo1 yr2 yr3 yr5 yr7 yr10 yr
Insured AAA-AA0.63%0.77%1.15%1.64%2.40%3.02%3.50%

Municipal Bond Auction Comparison Data (auction data from

IssuerTermRatingAuction YieldMSRBDifference
Avg Yield(basis points)
Forest Park SD Michigan1 MonthAA1.42%0.70%72
McKinney, TX ISD11 MonthInsured AAA1.49%0.77%72
Austin, TX Electric Utility System20 MonthInsured AA1.98%1.15%83
Clark Cnty SD, NV GO2 MonthAA1.45%0.70%75
Weatherford, TX Utility System5 MonthA1.25%0.81%44
Boise County, ID School District2.5 YearAAA2.44%0.90%154
Phoenix Civic Improvement Corporation3 MonthAA1.32%0.70%62
LaFayette Township Board of Education11 MonthAA1.50%0.65%85
Rhode Island Clean Water Fin Auth3.5 YearAAA2.85%1.35%150
Florida St Turnpike Rev3 MonthAA1.25%0.70%55
Georgia, Municipal Electrical Authority9 MonthA2.72%0.81%191
UT St Bldg Own Auth, UT Rev3 YearAA2.73%1.43%130
Flagstaff, Arizona3 MonthAA2.30%0.70%160
Harris County Municipal Utility District5 MonthA2.28%0.81%147
Greensboro, North Carolina2 YearAAA2.38%0.90%148
Average Difference109

Corporate Bonds' Average Yields Trade Data (source: FINRA's TRACE)

Rating< 9mo1 yr2 yr3 yr5 yr7 yr10 yr

Corporate Bond Auction Comparison Data (auction data from

IssuerTermRatingAuction YieldTRACEDifference
Avg Yield(basis points)
JP Morgan4 MonthA1.44%0.39%105
Goldman Sachs10 MonthA1.67%0.80%87
HSBC Finance Corp21 MonthA2.99%1.50%149
Credit Suisse7 MonthAA1.46%0.36%110
General Electric Capital8 MonthAA1.41%0.36%105
HSBC Finance Corp15 MonthA2.96%0.80%216
Vodafone Group PLC2 MonthBBB1.62%1.22%40
Suntrust Bank7 MonthAAA1.75%0.18%157
General Electric Capital10 MonthAA1.54%0.70%84
HSBC Finance Corp2 MonthA0.99%0.39%60
Verizon Inc.1 YearBBB1.74%1.14%60
Du Pont22 MonthA1.47%1.50%-03
HSBC Finance Corp1 MonthA1.50%0.39%111
Diamler Finance NA LLC5 MonthBBB2.05%1.22%83
IBM International Group19 MonthA1.51%1.50%01
Average Difference91

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About Zions Direct

Zions Direct is a broker-dealer that specializes in offering securities for self-directed and fixed income-focused investors. Zions Direct allows retail investors to buy FDIC-insured certificates of deposit and corporate and municipal bonds through its web-based Bond Store ( and auction platforms. In addition, clients can invest in stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds online or through a Zions Direct financial representative.

About BondDesk Group LLC

BondDesk Group LLC is a financial technology firm, providing enterprise-wide fixed income solutions to many of the top broker-dealers in North America. The BondDesk Alternative Trading System (ATS), run by BondDesk Trading LLC, connects broker-dealers through a centralized marketplace by offering a diverse pool of liquidity for odd-lot fixed income securities in multiple asset classes. The BondDesk ATS executes over 20,000 transactions per day by providing 2,000 broker-dealers access to 35,000 live and executable offerings from over 100 premier fixed income dealers. In addition, BondDesk Group is a leading provider of innovative fixed income wealth management solutions, advisor workstations and fixed income analytical tools and applications.

Market Snapshot Information Disclaimer

MSRB and TRACE bond trade data displayed as weighted average yield. Municipal bond information from MSRB as of April 8, 2011. The Trade Data was developed by BondDesk Group based on information from MSRB's Real-Time Transaction Reporting System, and excludes transactions in taxable bonds. Auction information from as of April 8, 2011.

Corporate bond information from FINRA's Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) as of April 8, 2011. The Trade Data was developed by BondDesk Group based on trade reporting information from TRACE, and excludes transactions in callable and floating-rate coupon bonds. The aggregate rating for each bond is based on average ratings from Moody's and S&P (when available).

Although information in this Market Snapshot is believed to be reliable, Zions Direct and BondDesk make no express or implied warranties of any kind regarding this information, including as to its accuracy or completeness. Auction data excludes bonds in undersubscribed auctions.

Municipal bonds are exempt from federal tax and may or may not be tax-exempt in individual states. The inclusion of municipal bonds selected by tax-exempt status is generated from pertinent federal tax attributes as populated from Muller, IDC, and/or BD ATS data sources.

Terms are defined as follows: < 9 months = anything up to .75 years to maturity; 1 year = anything greater than 0.75 years up to 1.5 years to maturity; 2 years = anything greater than 1.5 years up to 2.5 years to maturity; 3 years = anything greater than 2.5 years up to 4 years to maturity; 5 years = anything greater than 4 years up to 6 years to maturity; 7 years = anything greater than 6 years up to 8.5 years to maturity; 10 years = anything greater than 8.5 years up to 11.5 years to maturity.

Investment products and services offered through Zions Direct, member of FINRA/SIPC, a non-bank subsidiary of Zions Bank are NOT insured by the FDIC or any federal or state governmental agency, are NOT deposits or other obligations of, or guaranteed by, Zions Bancorporation or its affiliates, and MAY be subject to investment risks, including the possible loss of principal value or amount invested. FDIC-insured CDs are insured up to $250,000 per individual account holder per bank.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Russell Fisher
    Zions Direct
    (801) 844-7826

    Kristin Brown
    Racepoint Group
    Email Contact
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